Old Agoura Park – aka “The Horse Park”


Our first excursion for the Summer Park Challenge was to Old Agoura Park, or “The Horse Park” as my family calls it. You will see that we have nicknames for every park, because when we moved here, the kids were 5 and 3 and could not quite identify with the parks’ proper names.

Old Agoura Park is located just east of Agoura Hills High School, and just north of the 101 freeway.

map to old agoura park

See that blank space to the east of the park? It’s not a mistake. That is part of the Santa Monica National Recreation Area, and remains blessedly undeveloped. For now.

We have visited this park at many different times of the day and it has never been crowded. Plenty of parking, shade under the old oak trees, clean bathrooms, and different features for play. On this day, we were the only people in the play area:


IMG_8914Plenty of shade for a picnic


IMG_8919Standard issue bathroom house

IMG_8920“Hores are permitted only in designated areas.”

IMG_8922These out-of-water pier posts make for minutes of family fun.

IMG_8930If you build it, they will come.

IMG_8931Grand old oak roundabout

IMG_8933Track for people or horses around back of baseball field.

IMG_8934Horse trailer parking

IMG_8937Look out behind you…


IMG_8939The horse whisperer.